Who should buy the New Balance 510 v4

The New Balance 510 v4 is a trail shoe that’s designed for the neutral pronator. This is a recommendable shoe for you if:

  • You want a trail shoe that is compatible with neutral pronation or supination
  • You prefer a cushioned shoe that works well with heel striking patterns

New Balance 510 v4 toe protect

Updates to the New Balance 510 v4

  • A breathable mesh with leather overlays provide protection and support
  • A more open upper construction for heightened durability
  • Several foam technologies form the cushioning for a soft, responsive, and durable unit
  • A wear-resistant rubber compound protects the shoe from abrasive surfaces

New Balance 510 v4 NB logo

Adaptable and versatile outsole

The New Balance 510 v4 makes use of the AT Tread, which is a lug pattern that’s capable of adjusting to both trail adventures and road running. The trail-specific protrusions on the external pad aren’t too aggressive to prevent transitioning the activity to the roads.

New Balance 510 v4 AT Tread

Efficient shock absorption for energized transitions

ACTIVA is a full-length foam that’s meant to cushion the foot throughout the running session. It is touted to be 12% lighter than the industry-standard options, and it’s made to last longer too.

New Balance 510 v4 acteva foam

ABZORB is an add-on that’s made using a mix of proprietary foam and isoprene rubber. Its purpose is to absorb impact shock during the landing phase of the gait cycle and enable energized transitions through each step.

New Balance 510 v4 abzorb

A soft insert is placed on top of the primary foam units. Its purpose is to add a bit more cushioning to the underfoot. It can be removed or substituted with a custom sock liner.

A reliable upper construction in the 510 v4

The New Balance 510 v4 makes use of a breathable mesh to provide a dry and well-ventilated interior environment for the foot. Its visible breathing pores are the ones that accommodate the flow of air into the foot-chamber.

New Balance 510 v4 mesh

Leather serves as the overlay system of this shoe. It’s stitched onto the façade, bolstering it and keeping it intact. The design and placement are not as restrictive as the 3rd version’s, thereby maintaining the breathable nature of the upper.

New Balance 510 v4 leather overlays

The plush tongue and collar hold the foot in place and prevent it from exiting the shoe involuntarily.

New Balance 510 v4 tongue and collar

Facts / Specs

Terrain: Trail
Weight: 352g
Drop: 12mm
Arch support: Neutral
Collection: New Balance 510
Pronation: Neutral Pronation / Supination / Underpronation
Arch type: High arch

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